Staff are on leave, heading for the beach | bush | breakaway, but can an entrepreneur | business owner | start-up really ‘leave’ their business?
Whilst employees see December as holiday time, business owners may have a different view. Some of them clearly understand that the holiday period is followed very speedily by a new year, with new challenges and opportuntities. A year with more political change, potential downgrades, growing unemployment figures, neverending inflation and economic woes. So can high level decision makers and business owners really ‘leave’ their business?
The entrepreneurs on New Generation Mindset’s enterprise and supplier development programmes answer this interesting question.
Holidays do matter, but so does business!
Nerissa Naidoo: As an entrepreneur especially in the early days of our start-up company Pioneer Pulse Learning, I would prefer to work around the clock. It’s all worth it. Being your own boss, being in charge of your own earnings, and oftentimes working from home can all add up to better perks, Then the holidays hit and I find myself wondering if I am giving up too much in order to chase my dream.
My reality is that holidays do matter and eventually I need to come to a point where they are a priority.
However, whilst getting our start-up off the ground I may need to give up pieces of those major holidays in order to thrive.
For 2017: I would like to see Pioneer Pulse Learning expand our services to not just offer training but to also add value to Samsung Sales, supporting training in the Retail, SME and B2B space through a system that delivers real time reporting on training including feedback to our clients, which will utlimately improve efficiency and effectiveness.
Challenges: Entrepreneurs like myself will face many challenges, self-doubt, growth when assuming we are growing, not that we can’t grow, and we have come to the point at which we can’t take on any more work in our current structure.
Pioneer Pulse Learning was formed by four former Samsung employees. PPL does training holistically on Samsung products in the retail and B2B spaces. PPL also provides in-field training and coaching to outsourced companies. PPL is on the Samsung Supplier Development Programme managed by NGM.
Tony Booysen from NAMEC: An entrepreneur never really goes on holiday because he always looks for business and networking opportunities. If he did go on holiday it would be a working holiday.
For 2017: The NAMEC team’s vision for next year is to become more stable in our structures and to be more effective and efficient.
To get more business as well as funding for the business.
To create employment opportunities within our company.
Challenges: The biggest challenge we face in 2017 as business or entrepreneurs is to grow our business in order to reach a point of stability.
NAMEC Telecoms Pty Ltd is a fully owned division of NAMEC, specializing in Information Communications and Technologies (ICT) services and products. NAMEC Telecoms Pty Ltd is one of the companies on the MTN Enterprise & Supplier Development Programme managed by NGM.
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